Environment, reduce, waste, plastic, sustainability.


Abstract This paper explores the environmental efforts of retailers in the United States to reduce their impact on the planet. A sample of thirty five annual reports and corporate social responsibility reports from eight retailers were analyzed. Findings suggest that at a strategic level all sample retailers commit to integrating waste minimization goals into their operations. Target, Wal-Mart, Albertson and Safeway were the most successful. This study also suggests that specialty stores and department stores environmental commitments are more aspirational than operational.

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